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Configure the CData JDBC Driver for OFX in a Connection Pool in Tomcat

Connect to OFX data from a connection pool in Tomcat.

The CData JDBC Drivers support standard JDBC interfaces to integrate with Web applications running on the JVM. This article details how to connect to OFX data from a connection pool in Tomcat.

Connect to OFX Data through a Connection Pool in Tomcat

  1. Copy the CData JAR and CData .lic file to $CATALINA_HOME/lib. The CData JAR is located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  2. Add a definition of the resource to the context. Specify the JDBC URL here.

    The OFXUser and OFXPassword properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid OFX user credentials. In addition to this, you will need to configure FIURL, FIOrganizationName, and FIID, which will be specific for the financial institution. You will also need to provide application-specific settings, including OFXVersion, ApplicationVersion, and ApplicationId.

    To connect to some services, you will need to provide additional account information such as AccountId, AccountType, BankId, BrokerId, and CCNumber.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the OFX JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.ofx.jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    You can see the JDBC URL specified in the resource definition below.

    <Resource name="jdbc/ofx" auth="Container" type="javax.sql.DataSource" driverClassName="cdata.jdbc.ofx.OFXDriver" factory="org.apache.tomcat.jdbc.pool.DataSourceFactory" url="jdbc:ofx:OFXUser=myUser;OFXPassword=myPassword;FIID=myFIID;" maxActive="20" maxIdle="10" maxWait="-1" />

    To allow a single application to access OFX data, add the code above to the context.xml in the application's META-INF directory.

    For a shared resource configuration, add the code above to the context.xml located in $CATALINA_BASE/conf. A shared resource configuration provides connectivity to OFX for all applications.

  3. Add a reference to the resource to the web.xml for the application. OFX data JSP jdbc/OFX javax.sql.DataSource Container
  4. Initialize connections from the connection pool: Context initContext = new InitialContext(); Context envContext = (Context)initContext.lookup("java:/comp/env"); DataSource ds = (DataSource)envContext.lookup("jdbc/OFX"); Connection conn = ds.getConnection();

More Tomcat Integration

The steps above show how to connect to OFX data in a simple connection pooling scenario. For more use cases and information, see the JNDI Datasource How-To in the Tomcat documentation.